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Purposeful Suffering (Psalm 119:75)

I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. Psalm 119:75
When your life is well grounded in the word of God you will see all of life through a spiritual lens. It begins by having a right perspective of God. Because He is righteous, His judgments are also righteous. Both God and His word are completely trustworthy. God’s word is also very clear that God is absolutely sovereign. That means that He perfectly accomplishes His purposes in my life. This could be by means of what I would consider favorable circumstances. But it also includes the challenges and heartaches of life. We see this truth reflected in Job’s response to his wife:
But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10
The confidence of the psalmist is directly related to God’s faithfulness. He understood that God is responsible for his affliction. He also knew that God, always being faithful, would use it for His eternal purposes.
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22–23
Because the psalmist maintained a biblical perspective he did not lose confidence in God’s sovereign purposes. He was also intent on using his circumstances for the glory of God. As a result, even the difficulties of life provided opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. As you face another week, you cannot possibly know all that God has in store for you. In the event that you face unexpected and difficult circumstances of life, keep your mind set upon the word of God and the faithfulness of God. Be determined to recognize opportunities that God brings in the midst of your circumstances and faithfully serve the Lord!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58